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Professing Literature An Institutional History

ISBN-10: 0226305597
ISBN-13: 9780226305592
Edition: 20th 2007 (Anniversary)
Authors: Gerald Graff
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Description: Widely considered the standard history of the profession of literary studies,Professing Literatureunearths the long-forgotten ideas and debates that created the literature department as we know it today. In a readable and often-amusing narrative,  More...

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Book details

List price: $32.00
Edition: 20th
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 12/15/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 340
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

Widely considered the standard history of the profession of literary studies,Professing Literatureunearths the long-forgotten ideas and debates that created the literature department as we know it today. In a readable and often-amusing narrative, Gerald Graff shows that the heated conflicts of our recent culture wars echo—and often recycle—controversies over how literature should be taught that began more than a century ago. Updated with a new preface by the author that addresses many of the provocative arguments raised by its initial publication,Professing Literatureremains an essential history of literary pedagogy and a critical classic. “Graff’s history. . . is a pathbreaking investigation showing how our institutions shape literary thought and proposing how they might be changed.”—The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism

Gerald Graff is a professor of English and education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the author of several books including Professing Literature: An Institutional History, Beyond the Culture Wars: How Teaching the Conflicts Can Revitalize American Education, and Clueless in Academe: How Schooling Obscures the Life of the Mind.

Preface Twenty Years Later
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Humanist Myth
Literature in the Old College: 1828-1876
The Classical College
Oratorical Culture and the Teaching of English
The Early Professional Era: 1875-1915
The Investigators (1): The New University
The Investigators (2): The Origins of Literature Departments
The Generalist Opposition
Crisis at the Outset: 1890-1915
Scholars versus Critics: 1915-1950
Scholars versus Critics: 1915-1930
Groping for a Principle of Order: 1930-1950
General Education and the Pedagogy of Criticism: 1930-1950
Scholars versus Critics: 1940-1965
History versus Criticism: 1940-1960
Modern Literature in the University: 1940-1960
The Promise of American Literature Studies
Rags to Riches to Routine
Problems of Theory: 1965-
Tradition versus Theory
Notes
Index

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